US National security and intelligence experts have warned that climate change could become a ‘catastrophic’ security threat.
A new report released Monday by the National Security, Military and Intelligence Panel of the Center of Climate and Security warns that people could lose their livelihoods, become ill and battle over scarce water and food.
The report said that “even at scenarios of low warming, each region of the world will face severe risks to national and global security in the next three decades” and that “higher levels of warming will pose catastrophic, and likely irreversible, global security risks over the course of the 21st century”
Press TV reports: The study warns that all levels of global warming of climate change will pose “significance and evolving threats” to security environments, infrastructure and institutions across the world.
Experts said that the most fragile parts of the world are most at risk, but all regions face “serious implications,” adding that high warming scenarios could bring “catastrophic security impacts across the globe.”
“These threats could come about rapidly, destabilizing the regions and relationships on which U.S. and international security depend,” the experts found, according to the report.
The report said the world needs to quickly reduce and phase out “global greenhouse gas emissions,” and urged all nations to reach net-zero global emissions “as soon as possible.”
The experts also called for “renewed efforts to prioritize, communicate and respond to climate security threats, and to integrate these considerations across all security planning,” in the United States.
“It’s the job of the U.S. intelligence community to anticipate risks to national security, and provide strategic warning to appropriate policymakers,” said Rod Schoonover, who co-authored the report and advisory board member of the Center for Climate and Security.
“The science has long been clear, and the security community is adding compelling analysis of the threats climate change pose to people and nations. It’s long past time for vigorous action to address them.”
Several recent reports have raised alarm about climate change and its devastating impact on the US economy and its population.
Climate change will shrink US economy and kill thousands, a US government report has warned, contradicting the comments by US President Donald Trump who repeatedly doubts climate change as a hoax.
In June 2017, Trump announced that he was pulling out of the 2015 global agreement to fight climate change, characterizing the decision as “a reassertion of American sovereignty.”
The move drew rebuke from Democrats at home and world leaders who had pressed Trump not to abandon the 197-nation accord.
He argued that remaining in the deal would hurt the US economy. Trump cannot formally leave the deal until a day after the 2020 election.